MA Filter: Will an unregistered vehicle citation affect my insurance?
June 7, 2014 8:13 AM Subscribe
Long story short, I moved from Texas to Massachusetts at the beginning of June this year while my car's registration in Texas was expired since April.
I knew I was going to be moving very shortly so I purposely chose not to re-register my vehicle, which was my mistake. I own the fact that I am at 100% fault for this.
posted by 6spd to Law & Government (2 answers total)
Anyway, I got pulled over by a state trooper (he ran my plates when he saw my car and there was an error of some sorts, which is why he pulled me over; no speeding or any other violations) and they towed my car on the spot.
I went and got my car registered in MA and picked up my car, but I've yet to convert my driver's license (was going to at the same time that I registered my car but the wait was way too long and I didn't want to be too late for my new job). Will be doing that shortly, though.
So, my questions are the following:
1) The citation I received is a civil infraction -- if I pay the fine and admit guilt, will this go on my records, increase my points, and thus my insurance premiums?
2) Is it worth hiring an attorney to fight this in court? I will 100% do this if this will go on my records. And if I do, I will bring my proof of registration, insurance, and new MA driver's license.
3) If it's worth hiring an attorney, does anyone have any recommendations on who I should hire? This took place near the Target in Everett, FYI, and I live in Somerville. The court I'd have to appear at is the Malden District Court.